This is a milestone year for IEEE. As you almost certainly know, IEEE was formed on January 1st, 1963, through the merger of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers and the Institute of Radio Engineers. So 2012 is our fiftieth year and we intend to modestly celebrate that. We are focusing our attention primarily on the 9400 or so current IEEE members who were members in 1963 and have been members continuously since then. Yes, its about 9400 members. The list is available here on the IEEE Website
We will be honoring them with a special “Member 1st 50 Years” pin that we hope they will wear with pride, and we are inviting them to contribute their professional recollections to a special section of the IEEE Global History Network.